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WSJ: Verizon passing on Samsung Galaxy S II

WSJ: Verizon passing on Samsung Galaxy S II

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Samsung is set to announce the US versions of its Galaxy S II device next week, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, Verizon won't be picking up the handset. This is a big change from the original Galaxy S, which was announced for all four major US carriers on the same day. Samsung won't be repeating that minor coup this time around. Verizon's spokesperson had a simple statement in response to the report: "We have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung Droid Charge," which at least implies that Verizon's decision won't have an impact on other Samsung phones for the network.

The three versions of the Galaxy S II we are expecting are the Sprint Within, T-Mobile Hercules, and AT&T Attain. All three should be as high-end as that "S" branding implies, presumably including the Galaxy S II's 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, dual-core processor, and Android 2.3.

Update: BGR reports that although Verizon isn't picking up the Galaxy S II, it will be picking up a Samsung device that has "nearly identical specifications," but without the Galaxy name. If we had to guess, we'd say that Verizon's love affair with the Droid branding won't be over anytime soon.

Source: Wall Street Journal; via Phone Scoop